Harold Leroy Pinkerton Sr., 90, formerly of Llewellyn, went home Monday.
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He was a son of Forrest and Nellie Peiffer Pinkerton.
He was a 1941 graduate of Branch Township High School. After graduation, he went to NYA School at Mauch Chunk, and worked at Bethlehem Steel as a lathe operator.
Shortly after the United States entered World War II, Harold enlisted in the Navy. After boot camp he was sent to Great Lakes, Ill., for schooling. Harold was assigned to the Destroyer USS Caldwell 605, where he spent three years in the Pacific as a machinist mate second class. While on escort duty in the Philippines, his ship was attacked by Kamikaze fighter planes, killing 29 shipmates. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
In 1947, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Buffington.
He was a block operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad and retired from Amtrak in 1983.
Harold enjoyed fishing, boating, handyman projects and spending summers at the home he built on the Sassafras River at Gregg Neck, Maryland. His passion in retirement was genealogy.
Harold was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lester, and three sisters, Kathryn Duncan, Betty Hendricks and Miriam Sheehan.
Harold was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; daughter, Dr. Sharon Pinkerton Wayland and her husband, Philip; son, Harold Leroy Pinkerton Jr. and his wife, Denise; and two grandsons, David and Forrest.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Longwood Cemetery, 945 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, second floor, Newark, DE 19711. Brandywine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To offer condolences, visit Brandywinevalleyfc.com.
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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 6, 2014